Small Schools and Urban Youth: Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Students / Edition 1

Small Schools and Urban Youth: Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Students / Edition 1

by Gilberto Q. Conchas, Louie F. Rodriguez
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412939348

ISBN-13: 9781412939348

Pub. Date: 08/21/2007

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Educators are increasingly turning to small learning communities, which have proven to be highly effective in facilitating academic engagement and achievement, particularly among low-income urban students. This in-depth sociological study reveals the unique aspects of this movement and: Examines the structural and cultural features of small learning communities and

Overview

Educators are increasingly turning to small learning communities, which have proven to be highly effective in facilitating academic engagement and achievement, particularly among low-income urban students. This in-depth sociological study reveals the unique aspects of this movement and: Examines the structural and cultural features of small learning communities and small schools in two major urban cities, Highlights students' perspectives on school culture, personalization, and student involvement, Offers timely suggestions to benefit students at all levels and in every educational setting. Based on original research, this text offers school leaders and policy makers a deeper understanding of the broad, positive impact of small school reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412939348
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Hugh Mehan     ix
Preface     xiii
Purpose of the Book     xvi
Comparative Research Design     xvii
Organization of the Book     xix
Who This Book Is For     xx
Acknowledgments     xxiii
About the Authors     xxvii
Digging Beneath the Layers of School Reform: Size, Culture, and Personalization     1
California Career Academies: How Structure and Culture Create Optimism Among Low-Income Urban Youth     11
Structuring Competition and Teamwork: Reproducing the Status Quo and Challenging Inequality Side by Side     33
The Case of Boston: How Small Schools Forge Academic and Relational Possibilities in the Urban Context     57
Beneath School Structure: How School Culture Shapes Relational and Academic Engagement of Urban High School Students in Boston     77
Beyond School Size: Toward a Critical Understanding of School Culture     109
References     127
Index     131

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